I’m a big fan of theme parks but Blackpool Pleasure Beach is hands down one of my all time favourites.
I have so many great memories of going there as a child and in fact a visit to the park – or a ride on the The Big One – is a good enough reason alone for the long drive to Blackpool! Until I went recently I actually used to always have dreams about the famous Pepsi Max (seriously, I know it’s officially called the Big One now but I can’t help call it the Pepsi Max still!) roller coaster too, haha.
Therefore it’s no surprise that following our time in Blackpool, a post dedicated to Blackpool Pleasure Beach would pop up.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United Kingdom since it opened in 1896. Though it has a lot of modern roller coasters, it’s also a very classical theme park. It’s one of the only theme park’s in the world to still have a traditional wooden wild mouse roller coaster and still has some of its earliest and classic rides such as Steeple Chase, Grand National and Derby Racer.
This is one thing I love about the Pleasure Beach, the fact that it has so many classic elements and rides. It’s nice to go back and see the rides I used to go on when I was younger, like the funky Alice in Wonderland ride which is for kids but I always insist on going on still.
There’s a real mix of rides too with different themes throughout the park. So no matter what your age or your thrill factor, there’s something for everyone. I still insist everyone should go on the Pepsi Max at least once though as you really can’t beat the view at the top, nor the feeling when you hit that first drop.
Food wise; there’s a lot on offer too, though not much for vegans that we could find. I guess most of the traditional theme park foods were pricey, but we enjoyed grabbing a hot drink in one of the restaurants by Valhalla which had a cute french chalet theme inside.
It’s also supposedly haunted! Shows such as Most Haunted and Great British Ghosts have both featured the park and it’s well known for the haunted ghost train ride which is haunted by a former ride operator named Cloggy.
As well as rides, there’s also crazy golf, amazing shows, scary walkthroughs and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Personally though, my favourite rides are the Pepsi Max/The Big One (obvious choice!), Valhalla (an amazing ride themed around Viking’s and visually stunning), Alice’s Wonderland, Revolution, Infusion (even though it was closed when we were there) and Avalanche (basically, all of the big ones!). I also love the Chinese Puzzle Maze and Impossible.
It’s affordable, too. Although you now have to pay just to enter the park, as opposed to being able to walk round it for free, I kind of have no complaint about this because why would you visit the park and not go on any rides?! The park has a Rainy Day Return policy too and, what I didn’t realize, entry to the park also includes entry into Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
Finally, the park also offers some events where it’s open in the evening too in collaboration with Ministry Of Sound! This is a great opportunity to not only ride the biggest coasters in the dark but also see Blackpool lit up with the illuminations and the tower.
So, as a whole, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is well worth a visit. Some tips I’d recommend though are:
– Get there nice and early as although the park may seem small, there’s a lot to see and do.
– Don’t be scared to visit on a grey day. There’s the Rainy Day Return policy – as explained above – and its likely to be less busy on a cold day which means less lines.
– Go on Valhalla last, or first (if it’s sunny) as you will get very, very wet. It’s very, very worth it though.
– See a show too.
– Plan what you’re eating beforehand as there’s so much choice and once it gets busy, you don’t want to be walking around lost for ages and hungry. Alternatively, pop just outside (it’s okay though, you can return afterwards with your wristband!) and visit Faringos for some yummy vegan food.
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